MEDOFRD, Ore. — The Medford School District announced the next principal for Howard Elementary School, and they have matched their choice with the needs of their students.
Javier Del Rio has been working in education for 17 years, and currently coordinates federal programs in the Phoenix-Talent School District. Originally from Spain, Del Rio attended both North Medford High School and Southern Oregon University before beginning his teaching career.
Del Rio said his bilingual background will help bring the students and the community together.
“I think they have about 50% Hispanic and about 30% second language learners, and all my background in education has been in relation to that particular demographic,” said Del Rio.
Del Rio has taught almost every grade from first to sixth and will take over this summer as principal.